CHP investigates outbreak of acute gastroenteritis at residential child care centre in Causeway Bay

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (February 26) investigating an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) at a residential child care centre in Causeway Bay, and hence reminded the public and management of institutions to maintain personaland environmental hygiene against AGE.

     The outbreak affected 12 boys and 11 girls aged 6 months to 3 years, who developed vomiting, diarrhoea and fever since February 10. All patients sought medical attention. Among them, seven required hospitalisation and two were discharged following treatment.

All patients have been in a stable condition.
     Stool specimens of two admitted patients tested positive for Rotavirus upon laboratory testing.

     Officers of the CHP conducted a site visit and provided health advice to the staff of the centre concerning proper and thorough disinfection, proper disposal of vomitus, and personal and environmental hygiene. The centre has been put under medical surveillance.

     The CHP's investigations are ongoing.

     A spokesman for the CHP advised members of the public to take heed of the following preventive measures against gastroenteritis:
  • Ensure proper personal hygiene;
  • Wash hands thoroughly before handling food and eating, after using the toilet or after changing diapers;
  • Wear gloves when disposing of vomitus or faecal matter, and wash hands afterwards;
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated areas or items promptly and thoroughly with diluted household bleach (by adding one part of bleach containing 5.25 per cent sodium hypochlorite to 49 parts of water). Wash hands thoroughly afterwards;
  • Maintain good indoor ventilation;
  • Pay attention to food hygiene;
  • Use separate utensils to handle raw and cooked food;
  • Avoid food that is not thoroughly cooked;
  • Drink boiled water; and
  • Do not patronise unlicensed food premises or food stalls.

     The public may visit the CHP's website (" target="_blank"> or call the Health Education Hotline (2833 0111) for more information.

Published on: 2018-02-26

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